Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Finance Director at Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

A familiar face is returning to the Port of Long Beach’s Finance and Administration Bureau.

Sam Joumblat, the chief financial officer of Total Transportation Services Inc. will lead as the port’s Managing Director of Finance and Administration.

Joumblat, who begins this month, worked for the port as chief financial officer from 2006 to 2014. Before that, he was Deputy City Auditor for the city of Long Beach. In the private sector, he served as a senior manager with Arthur Andersen and 15 years with Atlantic Richfield Co. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degrees in business administration, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering from the University of Southern California.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently approved his appointment.

“Sam has the years of experience needed to maintain and improve the port’s strong financial position,” said former Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán.

Joumblat will oversee the port’s $750 million budget and its 10-year, $4 billion capital improvement program, which encompasses the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement and Middle Harbor Redevelopment projects.